The TrAIN Open series is a forum for invited speakers to present exhibitions, publications and research projects in the form of lectures, discussions and screenings. The series is open to the public, as well as staff and students across UAL.
The next Open Lecture is by Martina Köppel-Yang, called Advance through Retreat, on 17 February at 5:30pm in the Lecture Theatre at Chelsea. Köppel-Yang is an independent scholar and curator with a Ph.D in East Asian Art History from the University of Heidelberg. She has curated and co-curated numerous exhibitions and written extensively on the subject of contemporary Chinese Art. Publications include: Semiotic Warfare – The Chinese Avant-garde 1979 – 1989, a Semiotic Analysis, Hong Kong: timezone 8, 2003.
On 18 February TrAIN will host a lecture by Bojana Piškur called Museum of the Workers at 5:30pm in C202 at Central Saint Martins. In this lecture Bojana Piškur will discuss socialist museums, looking at case studies in the former Yugoslavia and other socialist countries. After the 1990s the humanist ideas of socialism, socialist cultural policies and the topic of non-alignment seemed to become obsolete and were widely forgotten; however, there has been a renewed interest in these issues giving rise to the following questions:
- What progressive socialist cultural policies, museum models and directions could be applied to the models of museum of today?
- What elements, traditions and references from past experiences can be extracted in times of neoliberal capitalism?
- And most importantly: how do we translate these ideas into praxis?
Bojana Piškur is a curator at the Moderna galerija in Ljubljana and was a member of Radical Education Collective between 2006 and 2014. Her professional interest is on political issues as they relate to or are manifested in the field of art, with special emphasis on the region of the former Yugoslavia and Latin America. This event is now fully booked, however please contact Alice Clark to be added to a waiting list.
TrAIN (Transnational Art, Identity and Nation) Research Centre is a forum for historical, theoretical and practice-based research in architecture, art, communication, craft and design. The centre involves internationally recognised scholars and practitioners at colleges across UAL. It also includes a community of post-graduate students pursuing historical, theoretical and practiced based research degrees at both MA and PhD level.
Members of the Centre contribute to TrAIN’s activities by completing group- and individual research projects and through the supervision of relevant post-graduate study. Issues and debates arising from research activities are disseminated by TrAIN conferences, exhibitions and publications.
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Image: ‘Women’s Antifascist Front’ exhibition, Moderna galerija, Ljubljana, 1948. Courtesy: Moderna galerija, Ljubljana